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Metal Roofing Options For A Residence—Materials And Installation Steps

by Marc Cole

Metal roof products include interlocking pieces, corrugated materials, and shingle-like products. Roofing supplies should be selected based on the type of dwelling you own and the region you live in. You will be able to choose from an exposed or hidden fastener design when it is time for the installation project to commence.

Metal Products

Various metals are used to create roofing materials. Products that interlock and that are designed to snap down will be suited for use in windy areas. Products that contain a rigid, corrugated surface will be more resistant to dings and scratches than smooth metal roofing materials. Some roofing products look like shingles and are designed to overlap. Metal thicknesses, wind and rust resistance capabilities, and colors and finishes vary. 

All of the properties that you would like the metal materials to possess should be relayed to your contractor. The slope of the roof may make a difference in how a metal roofing system will look. If you are not sure about a particular style, request that your contractor shows you how pieces will be laid out. There may be some popular roofing styles that are best suited for your dwelling. Highly sought-after metal roofing systems are likely both stylish and durable.

Exposed Or Hidden

Have you often wondered how roofing crews install metal on a rooftop? They may use a built-up roof design that consists of a sublayer, a vented area, and a metal layer. All of the roofing materials that are installed will require the use of metal fasteners. There are two ways that contractors usually install metal roofing systems. A contractor and roofing crew may use an exposed or hidden fastener design.

An exposed design will involve securing nails, screws, and other types of hardware on the surface of the roof. A contractor or one of their crew members will need to be careful about where they line the metal pieces up since they will be visible. Metal fasteners that are exposed will likely have a smooth cap that will lie flush with the metal roofing materials that are part of a roofing system.

A hidden fastener design will involve concealing the fasteners under the metal surface of the roof. This type of design will provide the rooftop with a seamless look. Your contractor will show you the difference between an exposed and hidden fastener design during one of the preliminary consultations you have with them.

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